News en “Workers Falling Out of the Sky”: NYCOSH Report Reveals Uptick in New York Construction Fatalities <div class="field-deck"> “Deadly Skyline,” a new report from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, reveals that there were safety violations at nearly all New York city and state construction sites where worker fatalities occurred. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction workers, safety advocates, unions and elected officials are calling for more worker training, safer worksites and stronger regulations to help curb the number of injuries and fatalities occurring at construction sites in the state of New York.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:22:00 +0000 52441 at <p>Photographer Michael Nigro captured this photo of hundreds of construction workers and union members who demonstrated in lower Manhattan on Jan. 18, 2017, in a planned act of civil disobedience. They are carrying coffins and grave markers representing the construction workers who have died in New York in recent months. Thirty-one people were &quot;arrested,&quot; to symbolize the 31 construction site deaths that have occurred in New York City in the past 24 months.</p> Michael Nigro Two Employees in 10 Days Suffer Severe Injuries at Green Bay Manufacturer <div class="field-deck"> Bay Fabrication faces more than $219,000 in proposed penalties because machinery was returned to service before providing effective safety guards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One worker&rsquo;s hand was crushed and another suffered the partial amputation of a finger during a bloody 10-day in July 2016. The two men, employees at Green Bay muffler component manufacturer Bay Fabrication, suffered severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards and procedures in place, according to OSHA investigators.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA News Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:34:00 +0000 52431 at <p>Workers suffered crushing injuries and amputations at Bay Fabrication as a result of a lack of functioning machine guarding, according to OSHA.</p> Thinkstock Poisonous Fumes in Confined Space Lead to Three Worker Deaths <div class="field-deck"> Utility workers die after losing consciousness in a drainage hole due to a buildup of hydrogen sulfide and methane. A rescue worker is in the hospital after removing his air pack to enter the confined space. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three underground utility workers in Florida died Monday after entering a confined space without the proper protective equipment.</p> <p>The incident, which occurred in Key Largo, Fla., began when the first man removed a manhole cover, entered a 15-foot-deep drainage hole and became unresponsive, according to news reports.</p> <p>The second worker entered with the intention of saving him but also lost consciousness. Likewise, a third man climbed into the hole was overcome by fumes. All three workers perished. None were wearing any respiratory protective equipment.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News OSHA Enforcement Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:07:00 +0000 52421 at Thinkstock EPA Issues Proposed Rules on Chemical Risk Evaluation <div class="field-deck"> New rules target chemical manufacturing, establish a process for identifying high-risk chemicals and prioritize which chemicals should be evaluated. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>After 40 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will have established rules to prioritize and evaluate chemicals in the marketplace and the manufacturing process.</p> <p>The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed on June 22, 2016, gives the EPA the authority to look at and regulate unevaluated chemicals in the marketplace originally grandfathered in with the Toxic Substances Control Act.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene News Wellness Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:32:00 +0000 52401 at OSHA Fines CM Truck Beds $535,411 for Two Dozen Violations <div class="field-deck"> Agency discovers trucking company failed to provide respirator fit tests, machine guards, welding protection and did not properly label chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA recently discovered two dozen violations at BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc. after a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company.</p> <p>Oklahoma-based BigTex Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which operates as CM Truck Beds, racked up $535, 411 in fines for 20 serious violations, one willful and three repeated violations.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Industrial Hygiene Safety News OSHA Enforcement Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:55:00 +0000 52371 at The Future of Lockout/Tagout: Is Zero Risk an Outdated Approach? <div class="field-deck"> The ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 Standard is considered the defining document for addressing the complex issues of lockout/tagout and methods for the control of hazardous energy, and the Z244 Committee is moving in a new direction. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The control of hazardous energy in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many employers. According to OSHA, failure to control hazardous energy accounts for nearly 10 percent of the serious accidents in many industries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consensus Safety Training News Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:18:00 +0000 52361 at Thinkstock Fiat Chrysler Accused of Clean Air Act Violations 
by EPA <div class="field-deck"> With a sense of déjà vu, EPA announces FCA allegedly installed and failed to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>EPA on Jan. 12 issued a notice of violation to <a href="" target="_blank">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act</a> for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> EPA Environment News Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:21:00 +0000 52291 at <p>As part of the certification process, automakers are required to disclose and explain any software, known as auxiliary emission control devices, that can alter how a vehicle emits air pollution.</p> Thinkstock Businesses Spend More Than $1 Billion a Week on Serious, Nonfatal Workplace Injuries <div class="field-deck"> New research from Liberty Mutual places a dollar amount on the cost of serious, nonfatal workplace injuries to American businesses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to the 2017 <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index</em></a>, serious, nonfatal workplace injuries now amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers&rsquo; compensation costs per year. This translates into more than $1 billion dollars a week spent by businesses on these injuries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Safety News Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:19:00 +0000 52231 at <p>Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury.</p> Thinkstock Final Beryllium Rule Lowers Exposure Limit for Workers <div class="field-deck"> In a final rule issued the first week of 2017, OSHA has lowered the beryllium exposure limit and established new key provisions to protect workers in a broad range of industries. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>OSHA&rsquo;s final rule lowering the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium couldn&rsquo;t come soon enough, according to safety industry advocates.</p> <p>About 62,000 workers are exposed to beryllium during their work day, including 11,500 construction and shipyard workers, according to OSHA. Beryllium, either inhaled or through skin contact, contributes to an increased risk of lung cancer, chronic lung disease and various sudden on-set respiratory ailments among workers.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Industrial Hygiene Safety Standards News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:17:00 +0000 52211 at Thinkstock Department of Labor Files Suit Against Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. for Terminating Employee <div class="field-deck"> Safety manager at Jasper Roofing terminated for cooperating with OSHA inspection. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor just before year-end alleges that Jasper Roofing Contractors Inc. fired a safety manager for complying with an OSHA inspection.</p> <p>The suit is the result of an investigation by OSHA&#39;s Whistleblower Protection Program.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> OSHA Safety News OSHA Enforcement Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:32:00 +0000 52181 at Thinkstock